Inn of the Month: Casa Morada, Florida Keys
Hidden in a jungly neighborhood of Islamorada, a fishing and fashion enclave halfway between Miami and Key West, year-old Casa Morada is a cool Mediterranean-style hideaway on Florida Bay. Milanese furniture designer (and owner) Robert Pariente's 16 suites are painted white and periwinkle blue and decorated with mosquito netting window sheers, soft pigskin-wrapped ottomans, and black-and-white photographs inscribed with poetry. Frosted Artemide lamps cast shadows on carved iron beds inspired by the Greek islands, and tea lights flicker from mahogany shelves in every bathroom. Settle into a double chaise lounge on your terrace overlooking the garden, open a chilled white wine (corkscrew and blue-stemmed glasses provided), and watch for egrets tiptoeing through waist-high purple fountain grass. Later on, stroll past the crushed-shell boccie court and over a 1950's footbridge to the little concrete island inlaid with a freshwater swimming pool. From the tiki bar, you'll spy dolphins playing offshore and catch a distant view of the Everglades. Casa Morada, 136 Madeira Rd., Islamorada, Fla.; 888/881-3030 or 305/664-0044; www.casamorada.com; suites from $160.